Natsuki Chronicles is a 2019 horizontal-scrolling shooter for the Xbox One. It is a spin-off of Ginga Force focusing on Natsuki Sugiura, who originally appeared in the latter game as a boss character.
The game serves as both a Prequel and an Interquel to Ginga Force, showing Natsuki's early missions at the Rapid Deployment Force, or RDF for short, to her defeat at the hands of Alex and Margaret and her eventual HeelFace Turn.
Natsuki Chronicles provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Maroon is the true antagonist.
- Big Damn Heroes: As it turns out, after being defeated by Alex and Margaret, Natsuki barely survived because Specia took control of her ship while Natsuki blacked out and landed it safely after being damaged.
- Big "NO!": Maroon, when defeated.
- Boss-Only Level:
- The aforementioned battle with Alex and Margarette consists of this.
- Much like Ginga Force, the final stage consists of a boss battle with Maroon.
- The Dragon: While the Big Bad here, Maroon is this to Viridian.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Viridian to Maroon. While Viridian never shows up in this game, Maroon answers to him and knows about Alex and Margaret's rebellion against him.
- Harder Than Hard: This game features an Extreme mode.
- HeelFace Turn: After Natsuki learns the truth about the Magni Company from Margaret, Natsuki immediately changes her ways and begins rebelling as well.
- How We Got Here: The game begins with Natsuki's defeat in Ginga Force and the first few missions are the events leading up to it.
- Interquel: The game takes place during the events of Ginga Force, as it shows Natsuki dealing with Maroon after she finds out the real reason why Alex and Margarette went rogue, while Alex and Margaret deal with Viridian.
- Multiple Endings: Like Ginga Force, the ending depends on what difficulty you played the game on.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Most of the bosses you face come across as this, as they are rebelling against the Magni Company. Alex and Margaret have already followed suit at this point, and so does Natsuki.